Catalogue entry

P07527 BANNERS NO. 1 1980

Inscribed ‘John Christie May 80’ bottom right and ‘Banners I’ and ‘8/60’
Screenprint, printed and published by the artist, 15 7/8×9 7/8 (40.3×25.2)
Purchased from the artist (Grant-in-Aid) 1982

'This print was made after reading an excerpt from a manuscript written in 1942 for the Museum of Modern Art Library, New York, by Arshile Gorky about his painting “Garden in Sochi”. He describes an enormous tree standing in his Father's garden upon whose branches the villagers would tie strips of cloth torn from their clothing. Eventually, over the years, it came to look like “a parade of banners under the pressure of wind...”.’ (loc.cit.)

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1980-82: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1984